Now opens, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. The school for disadvantaged girls, located in the small town of Henley-on-Klip, south of Johannesburg, was opened Tuesday January 2nd.
Not only the $40 million girls' school marked Oprah's fulfilled promise to former President Nelson Mandela six years ago, but also it gives more than 150 students a chance for a better future.
"I wanted to give this opportunity to girls who had a light so bright that not even poverty could dim that light," the talk show host said at a news conference. Also attending the school opening ceremony were Mandela and wife Graca Machel, singers Tina Turner, Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey just to name a few.